Bloomington’s mayor elect says the city will have to work with Indiana University to determine the future of the IU Health Bloomington Hospital.
The Hospital Site Reutilization Steering Committee has been working in groups to determine the best viable options for the space on 2nd Street, see what other sites in similar situations have done, and hear public comment and suggestion.
IU Health owns the property, and although the committee has no official say in the final decision, committee members say IU Health has been open to the city’s input.
At the group’s meeting Monday, the committee discussed a number of options for the property including: Clearing the site and making it “green,” re-using the 2001 or Kohr building, selling the entire site with owner restrictions, keeping the parking garage, or renovating, whether in whole or in part.
Council members say a major community concern is simply letting the building sit empty.
Mayor-Elect John Hamilton says the process will take years.
“We need to work with them as they’re building the multi-million dollar new facility to think about how best to reuse, transfer, sell that existing location so it’s positively, productively engaged as soon as possible,” said Hamilton.
IU Health will begin construction on its new location on the current IU Golf Course driving range off of the Indiana 45/46 Bypass in early 2017.